Found woman may be murder victim
June 12, 2008 · Updated 12:55 PM
The death of a woman found floating near Manchester earlier this year is being investigated by Seattle Police as a potential homicide, according to Kitsap County Sheriffs Office Spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson.
The body of Shanan Lynn Read, a 33-year-old most recently living near Auburn, was found floating in Puget Sound between Manchester and Blake Island by a boater on Jan. 15.
Due to the degraded state of the remains, identification of Read who had not been reported missing was difficult. Her identity was eventually determined after her fingerprints were retrieved and found on file due to an arrest in King County.
From the beginning, Wilson said his office was investigating her death as suspicious, and said now authorities believe it is a possible homicide.
He said through their investigation, detectives determined Reads death occurred in Seattle, though it is still unknown how she came to be in Kitsap County waters.
Since the death and potential crime occurred in Seattle, however, Wilson said the case has now been officially turned over to the Seattle Police Departments homicide division.
A boater reportedly first spotted Reads body floating midway between Manchester and Blake Island on Jan. 15, and it was later retrieved by deputies shortly before 4 p.m. No identification was found on the body, and the sex was determined based on clothing.
Wilson said identification of Read was ultimately established with assistance from the Washington State Patrols Crime Lab in Olympia, which was ultimately able to obtain fingerprints.
Reads physical description, according to her drivers license, is 5-8, 130 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.